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The Poetry of John Gray

Ian Fletcher

Publication Year: 2088

John Henry Gray (1866-1934) is best remembered as the possible original of Oscar Wilde's famous fable The Picture of Dorian Gray. But Gray was himself poet, short story writer, novelist and translator of some distinction as well as an exquisite, a working class dandy, not to mention a person of singular personal beauty. His poetry and prose have again begun to attract attention beyond a small circle. Such critics as Geoffrey Grigson, Bernard Bergonzi, Ruth Z. Temple and Isobel Murray have praised his work, while the devoted labor of Father Brocard Sewell on Gray's biography has also assisted in once more bringing this gifted and attractive figure to presence. One reason for such a delayed fame is that much of Gray's verse was published in severely limited editions or remains fugitive. As a consequence, his work is not merely difficult to obtain, but it is impossible to see whole. Reader should take note: the print edition of The Poems of JOhn Gray is out of print.

Published by: ELT Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

There is an automated response to any gathering of a minor poet's works: why not a selection? The complaint suggests a rigour of judgment on the part of the critic and forms a useful comment to fall back on when feeling somewhat blank about the text under review. Before a choice can be made, however, the canon should be available. ...

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John Henry Gray: His Life, His Poetry

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pp. 1-19

John Henry Gray was born on 2 March 1866 at No.2. Vivian Road, Bethnal Green, a working-class area in the East End of London, "Mean streets of semi-detached houses of dull uniformity." Most of the inhabitants, so it seems, were industrious, provident, house-proud, typical altogether of the superior artisan class. ...

Silverpoints

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pp. 20-40

Unpublished and Uncollected Early Poems

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pp. 41-90

Spiritual Poems1896

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pp. 91-145

Poems Rejected from 'Spiritual Poems'

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pp. 146-155

1895 The Blue 1895 Calendar

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pp. 156-167

1896 The Blue 1896 Calendar

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pp. 168-180

1897 The Blue 1897 Calendar

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pp. 181-188

1898 The Fourth 1898 and Last Blue Almanack

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pp. 189-195

Ad Matrem 1904

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pp. 196-205

Verses for Tableaux Vivants 1905

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pp. 206-216

Poems First Printed in 'Vivis' and Not Reprinted in 'The Long Road' 1922

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pp. 217-218

St. Peter's Hymns 1925

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pp. 219-232

The Long Road 1926

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pp. 233-266

Poems 1931

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pp. 267-285

Uncollected Later Poems

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pp. 286-290

Notes

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pp. 291-347

Appendix

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pp. 348-351

Index

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pp. 352-359


E-ISBN-13: 9780944318614
Print-ISBN-10: 0944318002

Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2088

Series Title: 1880-1920 British Authors Series